Is Swain worth buying?

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12-08-2012

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Rykaal

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12-08-2012

He is a decent pick for mid, the problem is he doesn't deal burst damage, but mostly damage over time. He can also be a bit of a difficult to use champion at first, because he has short range damage. Also his AoE snare can be hard to land in alot of cases.

But if you have the patience to master him, he can be one of the best. He also can NOT under any circumstances be built glass cannon, since he has to be close to the enemies to deal damage with his ult. He has to be build slightly tankier then most AP carries.


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Good insight! thanks!
Keep the responses coming!


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SleepyDeath

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12-08-2012

swain is a really strong pick top lane against mele heroes. he/she/it (whatever swain is) struggles until level 6, but then swain takes over the lane. building a little tanky with a bunch of ap creates a total wrecking ball


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Faerous

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12-08-2012

Swain can be divided into three stages (In my experience).

Level<7

Go for the kills. Your E will allow your auto attacks to hit for a good moment.
Your Q allows an easy combo of all abilities - E-Q-W, then flash ignite and ult.
You can essentially harass your enemy out of CS for most of this phase - You should find it very hard to be successfuly ganked provided you don't play stupidly aggressive. If a jungler comes, throw up a slow at whoever gets closest, and W the other. If one of them has a dash, place the W over your character as they enter range or slightly behind - then throw up R to get health back as you run.

Level>7 until late game
You should begin finishing core items; RoA, Zhonya's, etc. Prioritize items to counter the enemy team.
When able, gank other lanes or support whatever carry is struggling. It's more important to ensure an ally doesn't fall behind than to compliment an already successful lane.
If going bot, always prepare to W the support - Killing him ensures the carry will likely retreat, and your team should be right with you to finish the job. If going into a solo lane, treat it like your earlier phase - Flash, Slow, E.

Late game -
You build tank, but have the power to follow through with a kill easily.
In team fights, W the support to make sure he can't cause chaos, then W/E the nearest vulnerable carry or support.

Typical Items:
RoA / Abaddons / Liandry / Visage / Will of Ancients / Zhonya's / Ryali's

Boots and pure-AP items [Void, Abyssal] can be bought depending on flow of game, and composition.

RoA / Zhonyas / Liandry's are probably the most important.
Every bird will renew Liandry, Zhonya's provides you two seconds of free regeneration.

He's incredibly strong provided you can master W. It makes or breaks his laning through kills and escaping ganks, and will control the flow of team fights.


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PsychoB0b

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12-08-2012

Swain is incredibly strong. From what i heard from people who check the numbers, swains base dmg is some of the highest in the game for his spells. However, he lacks mobility.

Pretty much, just build him tanky ap and you're good.


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RadiantPyrophore

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12-08-2012

How well can you last hit with a slightly clunky animation and how good are you at landing delayed skill shots?

That last hitting really makes or breaks laneSwain due to his passive, and the Nevermove is VERY important for team fights.

If you can land Nevermove on 2+ enemies, you pretty much just won the team fight, 1 hit is not a waste, but if you miss more than once? Yeah you screwed up bad.